A shooting at a Texas nightclub left three people dead and one critically injured after two gunmen, who are still on the run, opened fire at a crowd inside the club.
Authorities responded to an emergency call at about 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday of reports of a shooting inside the “DD Sky Club” on Chenevert Street in Houston, Police Commander Caroleta Johnson told the Houston Chronicle.
The Houston Police Department shared a picture of the nightclub on Twitter that shows multiple police vehicles on the scene and yellow crime tape cordoning the area.
The three deceased victims have been described by police as males in their 20s. The fourth person was rushed to a nearby hospital in a critical condition. He has not been identified and is expected to survive.
A security guard reportedly told local outlet Click2Houston there were two shooters at the club and he believes the incident was targeted, though an official motive has not been released yet.
The guard also added that the suspects were not familiar to him and he had searched them before they entered the club, adding that they must have managed to somehow get the guns inside.
The shooting was allegedly prompted after a fight broke out inside the club and the two alleged gunmen then opened fire on the second floor of the club, police said. At the time of the shooting, the club housed about 30 people for an open mic night.
Authorities haven’t managed to get a clear description of the two gunmen and Johnson told the Chronicle the incident is under investigation. Officials are reviewing surveillance footage from the club.
The police commander also added that investigators are working on whether the nightclub was allowed to open under current CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus lockdown measures.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott allowed bars to begin reopening in the state earlier this month for the first time since June, ending a lockdown that began during a massive CCP virus outbreak.
However, the move didn’t allow bars to fully reopen, nor everywhere. Dallas and Houston leaders quickly made clear they would still keep bars sidelined. Currently, bars that are given local permission to open can only do so at 50 percent capacity.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.